Portrait of Mary Strickland, courtesy of The Mapledurham Trust

Embroidered with White

 Published by Heather Toomer Antique Lace  ISBN 978-0-9542730-2-6

180 pages with over 300  colour and black and white illustrations of original 18th century whiteworked accessories, portraits and costume plates showing how they were worn, and 20 accurate patterns to facilitate reproduction of many examples.

The sheer beauty of Dresden lace, the virtuosity of its stitching and intricacy of its designs, have always found it a place in books on lace and embroideries but little has been written on how this lace, or embroidery as it should more properly be called, fitted into the general fashion scene in the 18th century. This fully-illustrated book places Dresden lace in context, examining how it was used, how it related to other whitework embroideries of

the period and how designs and stitches changed from about 1710 to 1800. Kerchiefs, aprons, sleeve ruffles and waistcoats are all included together with a sprinkling of allied articles, such as bags, pockets and stomachers. Photographs show a wide range of original items including details of the embroidery stitches, together with portraits and costume illustrations. It is hoped these will provide inspiration for embroiderers and fashion designers alike, while measurements and patterns will be helpful to those involved in accurate reproductions for stage, screen etc.

Tips are given on washing and conservation. There is also information on where original items may be studied in public collections.


This book will be of interest to anyone concerned with the care and cataloguing of a costume or embroidery collection, embroiderers and other designers seeking inspiration, costume and general social historians and anyone with a love of fine craftmanship.

Priceincluding postage: £19.75  within the U.K.; £25 to Europe; £29 including postage to the U.S.A. and Canada; £29.50 to Australia. Please ask for cost of postage elsewhere or combined charges for several books.



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Jennifer Dobyns | Reply 25.02.2018 02.42

Hi there, I am interested in purchasing your book. I have read the information in the comments below and just want to confirm that nothing has changed. Thank

Abigail Shelly | Reply 06.12.2016 00.52

I'd like your Embroidered with White book, shipped to Pennsylvania, 18951. USA.
Please send via PayPal.

Abigail Shelly 06.12.2016 17.15

I have sent, Thanks

Heather Toomer 06.12.2016 17.00

Thank you for your interest. Please send £29 to my paypal account at and I will get a book in the post to you as soon as I receive it.

Susan Madden | Reply 30.10.2016 23.43

I would like to order your book "Embroidered with White"

Heather Toomer 06.12.2016 17.03

This is a further follow-up to your email. If you still want a book,
please send £29 to me at and i will post immediately. Heather

Heather Toomer 31.10.2016 21.06

That's fine - please send me your address and let me know if you can pay by PayPal. I am currently away from home but will reply a.s.a.p.
Heather Toomer

Anna | Reply 28.07.2013 18.00

Hello, What will be the total cost of the book shipped to the US, 44122?
Thank you,

Heather Toomer 28.07.2013 19.14

Hi Anna,
Embroidered w w is £29 to USA with payment by Paypal - sorry but postage is £9.90! Send me a direct email (see p1) if that's OK and I'll invoice you. H

Corinne Steigerwald | Reply 15.07.2013 16.05

Dear Heather,
For posting: Corinne Steigerwald
143 Cedar Street, Lexington, Massachusetts. 02421 , United States

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Hi there, I am interested in purchasing your book. I have read the information in the comments below and just want to confirm that nothing has changed. Thank

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Hi, Paypal is fine but I need a postal address to calculate postage. Please contact me on - the site does not give me your email. Best wishes

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Dear Heather,
I am interested in purchasing all of your books. How is the best way to proceed? You could send an invoice to my Paypal account,which is my email

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